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Here's a first look at Cyberpunk 2077's Johnny Silverhand before Keanu Reeves took the role

Published: 09:10, 22 January 2021
Lea Leonowicz
CP 2077 concept art showing  The original Johnny Silverhand
CP 2077 - The original Johnny Silverhand

Lea Leonowicz, Senior Concept Artist & Coordinator at CD Projekt RED has shared first concept art of Cyberpunk 2077's rockerboy Johnny Silverhand before Keanu Reeves took the role.

Early during the development of Cyberpunk 2077, way before Keanu Reeves was approached to become the popular rocker boy, CD Projekt Red artists come up with an idea of different Johnny Silverhand. Interestingly, we never got to see these sketches since CD Projekt Red decided to offer Keanu the role of Silverhand before they even revealed that he plays a big part in the story. 

Today, we have a first look at the original version of Johnny Silverhand thanks to CD Projekt Red Senior Concept Artist and Coordinator, Lea Leonowicz, who posted a bunch of new images over on ArtStation .

Lea Leonowicz CP 2077 screenshot showing Johnny Silverhand first sketches CP 2077 - Johnny Silverhand first sketches

In the images, which we attached in the article, you can see that Johnny looked a lot different in the early concept stages. His hair and clothing style is a bit different than in the final version, and of course, there's the face, the biggest difference of them all.

Lea Leonowicz CP 2077 screenshot showing Early Johnny Silverhand concept CP 2077 - Early Johnny Silverhand concept

You can also see some of the tattoos on his body as well as big scars, a result of his actions against Arasaka, perhaps? Additionally, there's another artwork showing the character in action, with his two guns. Pretty cool-looking Johnny, right?

Lea Leonowicz cp 2077 screenshot showing Johnny Silverhand in action Johnny Silverhand in action

Those who did not like how Keanu delivered Johnny character in Cyberpunk 2077 will probably be disappointed that CD Projekt Red potentially wasted a different Johnny. However, we have to say that Reeves did a majestic job in Cyberpunk 2077 and hanging out with him for the entire story was a memorable experience, for sure.

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